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Military vets plan to summit peak in Memorial Day tribute

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 14:02

In this July 2014 photo released by Mission Memorial Day and Josh Jespersen, Margaux Mange poses for a photo on Mt. Rainier, Wash. Mange is one of four military veterans who are aiming to summit North America's tallest mountain, Mount McKinley in Alaska, on Memorial Day. (Mission Memorial Day via AP)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Four military veterans are aiming to summit North America's tallest mountain on Memorial Day, armed with the names of hundreds of Americans who have died while serving their country.


Starbucks payment system outage in U.S., Canada resolved

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 13:58

A Starbucks cafe is seen in Los Angeles(Reuters) - Starbucks Corp said on Friday night that an outage affecting payment systems at a number of its stores in the United States and Canada had been resolved. "The point of sale register outage has been resolved and all Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada are expected to open for business as usual on Saturday," a statement on the company's website said. "We apologize to our customers for this inconvenience." Starbucks said the outage also affected its Evolution Fresh and Teavana stores, which the company said would also open as scheduled on Saturday.


Washington governor signs medical marijuana overhaul

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 13:44

A production assistant collects a Cannabis plant in a state-owned agricultural farm in Rovigo(Reuters) - Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Friday signed a bill that will overhaul the state's medical marijuana market, reconciling the long unregulated system with the voter-approved recreational pot industry. While marijuana remains illegal under federal law, voters in Washington state and Colorado approved recreational cannabis use in landmark votes in 2012 that ushered in licensed and taxed retail stores offering a range of products to adults. "Today, after tremendous hard work and compromise by legislators on both sides of the aisle, I signed a bill that will create a medical marijuana system that works for Washington." The bill will remove collective gardens that supply medical dispensaries starting next year, in favor of four-person "cooperatives." Some existing collectives will be allowed to continue operating however, if granted a license on the basis of factors such as the applicant's tax history. It will also establish a voluntary database of medical patients and let authorized patients possess three times the amount of marijuana allowed by the recreational-use law.


Flight runs into pressurization issues, passengers evaluated

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 13:44
DENVER (AP) — Officials say a Southwest Airlines flight traveling from Las Vegas to Milwaukee was diverted to Denver Friday night after reporting "pressurization issues."

New video raises questions in 2013 Florida police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 13:34

This image from dashboard camera video released Thursday April 23, 2015 from Palm Beach County Deputy Adams Lin's cruiser shows Dontrell Stephens seconds before he was shot by Lin. Lin said he saw Stephens reach into his waistband and that he raised a dark object he believed was a gun. The only object shown in the video is the cellphone Stephens had been holding all along. (Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office via AP)WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida deputy's shooting of an unarmed black man nearly two years ago was under renewed scrutiny Friday following the emergence of a video.


Truckers could stay off job at nation's busiest port complex

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 12:43
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Truck drivers who haul goods from the nation's busiest port complex in Southern California could stay off the job next week as part of a long-running labor dispute, union officials said Friday.

2 missing sisters found in Michigan after nearly 2 weeks

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 12:23
CRISP POINT, Mich. (AP) — Two sisters from Oklahoma and Nebraska missing for nearly two weeks in Michigan survived on Girl Scout cookies while stuck in their snow-crippled SUV until state police discovered them Friday near Lake Superior in a remote part of the Upper Peninsula.

Police: Gray should've received medical care before ride

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 11:49

Baltimore Police Department Commissioner Anthony Batts speaks about the investigation into Freddie Gray's death at a news conference, Friday, April 24, 2015, in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)BALTIMORE (AP) — In the clearest acknowledgement of failure yet, Baltimore police said Friday that Freddie Gray should have received medical attention at the spot where he was arrested — before he was put inside a police van.


Can increased digital usage cause long-term vision damage?

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 11:35

Can increased digital usage cause long-term vision damage?From smartphones to tablets, more people are spending more time looking at digital screens but could this be causing damage to your vision?


3 firefighters hurt battling Medford Lakes blaze

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 11:31

3 firefighters hurt battling Medford Lakes blazeThree firefighters were hurt battling a blaze on Friday afternoon in Medford Lakes, New Jersey.


Police: Veteran and his girlfriend kidnapped, scammed by trio of women

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 11:21

 Veteran and his girlfriend kidnapped, scammed by trio of womenAuthorities say three women kidnapped an 86-year-old veteran and his girlfriend in Southwest Philadelphia, opened a bank account and rented cars in the victim's name.


San Francisco police sued by Guatemalan parents of immigrant shot dead

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 11:15
By Emmett Berg SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Guatemalan parents of an immigrant man shot dead by San Francisco police have filed suit in federal court, accusing two officers of excessive force and the police chief and city of failing in their training and oversight responsibilities. Amilcar Perez Lopez, 20, died on the evening of Feb. 26 after plainclothes police officers shot him six times in San Francisco’s trendy Mission District. Police have said Perez Lopez had acted erratically and threatened officers with a knife. The complaint filed on Friday in U.S. District Court referred to a television interview given from the scene by San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr, who told KCBS-TV that Perez Lopez “lunged at the officer with knife overhead.” But the lawsuit asserted that Perez Lopez, a construction worker and Guatemalan immigrant, was trying to flee from a man who was taunting him when two plainclothes policemen grabbed him from behind.

One U.S. Navy Seal dies, one critical in Virginia pool training

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 11:00
(Reuters) - One U.S. Navy Seal died and another was critically injured on Friday while training in a pool at a Virginia military base, a Navy spokesman said. The two members of the Navy's elite sea, air, land teams were found at the bottom of the pool by another service member at about 3 p.m. local time at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, said Navy spokesman Lieutenant David Lloyd. It was not dive training." The deaths at the base in Virginia Beach is under investigation, he said.

Police: Veteran, girlfriend kidnapped, scammed by trio of women

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 10:57

 Veteran and his girlfriend kidnapped, scammed by trio of womenAuthorities say three women kidnapped an 86-year-old veteran and his girlfriend in Southwest Philadelphia, opened a bank account and rented cars in the victim's name.


Man shot multiple times in Kensington

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 10:53

Man shot multiple times in KensingtonPolice say a man was shot multiple times in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.


Missing mariner is man who survived 12 days lost at sea

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 10:51

ATTN SHOUN HILL In this Dec. 9, 2014 photo released by the U.S. Navy, Cmdr. John Barsano, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton welcomes Ron Ingraham, right, aboard Paul Hamilton in the Pacific Ocean after Ingraham was stranded at sea without food or water. The Coast Guard says it is searching for Ingraham, a mariner off Hawaii who last year survived 12 days lost at sea. (U.S. Navy photo via AP)HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii fisherman is missing again, just a few months after surviving 12 days lost at sea.


Attorneys: Memo shows special treatment for reserve deputy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 10:50

File - In this April 21, 2015 file photo, Robert Bates, second from right, leaves his arraignment in Tulsa, Okla. Bates, a 73-year-old Tulsa County reserve deputy, fatally shot a suspect who was pinned down by officers. Attorneys for the man killed have released a report that says Bates didn’t receive special treatment for admittance into the advanced deputy program, but that he did receive special treatment once admitted. With Bates are his daughter, Leslie McCreary, right, and an unidentified grandson, left. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Several members of an Oklahoma sheriff's department raised serious concerns years ago about the performance and training of a volunteer deputy now charged in the fatal shooting of a restrained suspect, according to a report released Friday by lawyers for the dead man's family.


Hawaii poised to become 1st state to raise smoking age to 21

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 10:49

Jessica Yamauchi, executive director of the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Hawaii, speaks to reporters after the Hawaii Legislature approved a bill raising the legal smoking age to 21 on Friday, April 24, 2015 in Honolulu. If Gov. David Ige signs the bill, Hawaii would be the first state in the nation to pass such a law. (AP Photo/Cathy Bussewitz)HONOLULU (AP) — A bill that would make Hawaii the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 cleared the Legislature on Friday and is headed to the governor.


Winners and losers of the demise of the big Comcast deal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 10:03

FILE - This Feb. 11, 2011 file photo shows the Comcast logo on one of the company's vehicles, in Pittsburgh. Wall Street appears increasingly convinced Comcast’s $45.2 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable is dead. telling indicator is the gap between the value Comcast’s all-stock bid assigned to each Time Warner Cable share and Time Warner Cable stock’s current price. That was at its widest point yet Thursday, April 23, 2015, a signal that investors are giving just 20 to 30 percent odds that the deal will go through, said Nomura analyst Adam Ilkowitz. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)NEW YORK (AP) — In the aftermath of Comcast's decision to walk away from buying Time Warner Cable, some winners and losers are emerging.


Arizona sheriff's re-election chances called into question

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 09:54

In this Jan. 9, 2013 file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks with the media in Phoenix. Arpaio begins a four-day hearing Tuesday, April 21, that could bring him fines, damage his credibility and make him politically vulnerable for his acknowledged violations of a judge's orders in a racial profiling case. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin,File)PHOENIX (AP) — Sheriff Joe Arpaio has remained politically invincible in his 22 years in office in Arizona, despite federal investigations and a history of legal woes that have cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.